Senator Weber lists broadband as a continued priority for the Legislature

MN Senate Republican Caucus reports…

 

In 2019, as the only politically divided legislature in the nation, we passed our biennial state budget with bipartisan support. The budget prioritized farm families and farm development across Greater Minnesota through investments in affordable housing, broadband, agricultural research, mental health services, and more. …

In addition, we know access to high-speed broadband internet is absolutely critical for Minnesotans to compete in the modern economy. Last session, we prioritized rural broadband access with an additional $40 million for the Border-to-Border Rural Broadband program. Connecting rural areas is a necessity and it’s something consistently on legislators’ minds.

He doesn’t mention the bipartisan bills (in Senate and House) to recommend $30 million of the surplus budget be added to the $40 million from last year. But those bills, especially in the Senate, are new.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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